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Watch: Record-breaker Shane Long scores fastest goal in Premier League history logo 24/04/2019 Adam Lacey

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Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long has set a new Premier League record after he scored the fastest goal in the league’s history by netting for Southampton after just 7.69 seconds on Tuesday evening.

Long fired the Saints ahead in record time to stun the crowd at Vicarage Road — but Watford eventually managed to net a last-minute equaliser to leave the game 1-1 at the finish.

The goal came from Watford’s kick-off when Roberto Pereyra played the ball from the centre circle back to Craig Cathcart, outside his own goal.

Shane Long, Jan Bednarek are posing for a picture © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland However, as Cathcart went for a long clearance, Long charged down the ball and sprinted through before a lovely chip over ‘keeper Ben Foster secured the record for the Tipp man.

The goal was two seconds faster than the previous record-setter from Spurs defender Ledley King in December 2000, who scored after 9.82 seconds.

If Southampton had managed to hold on for the win, they would have been eight points clear of Cardiff City, who occupy the last relegation spot. 

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